AUBURNDALE, Fla. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior centerfielder Ryan Medeiros (Acushnet, Mass./New Bedford) continued to swing a hot bat this afternoon, posting a 3-for-4 showing at the plate with four runs batted in to help the Corsairs score seven unanswered runs to rally past Springfield College, 7-4, at Lake Myrtle Field #4.
The non-conference baseball game was moved up four hours from its originally scheduled start time to avoid severe weather conditions. However, the game was suspended with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning, but the two clubs are trying resume the contest later in the week.
UMass Dartmouth collected its third consecutive victory to improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Pride fell to 1-2.
For the second straight game, Medeiros sparked the Corsairs offensive attack from the leadoff position. He has produced an extra-base hit in each of his four appearances this season, including a bases loaded, three-run double that gave UMass Dartmouth a 5-4 lead in the top of the fourth. Medeiros also showed off his strong arm in centerfield, when he ended the fifth frame with an unconventional outfield assist to first base to double off a Pride runner.
Junior shortstop Nate Farias (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) and sophomore right fielder Joe Zottoli (Holden, Mass./Wachusett Regional) each registered two hits and scored a pair of runs for the "visitors." Freshman second baseman Evan Eldridge (Danvers, Mass.) drove in a run with his single in the fourth.
Sophomore Steve Colella (Leominster, Mass.) did not allow an earned run in his Corsair debut, hurling five and a third strong innings. He retired the side in the order twice, while facing the minimum three batters in the fifth inning. Colella gave up four runs, all unearned, on four hits, while striking out two.
UMass Dartmouth was able to solve Springfield starter, Alex Williams, in the third inning. Eldrige reached on an infield error and stole second to move into scoring position. With one out, Medeiros knocked in his first run of the contest with a single.
The Corsairs utilized a walk and a pair of singles to load the bases in the fourth frame. Eldridge cut the visitors' deficit in half with a RBI single and kept the bases jammed. Following a strikeout, Medeiros used some two-out magic with a clutch, bases-clearing double to hand UMass Dartmouth its first and only lead of the game.
The visitors were able to capitalize on a pair of Pride defensive miscues to extend their advantage to 7-4 with two unearned runs in the top of the sixth.
Williams suffered his first loss of the season, allowing seven hits, four earned runs, and a walk in four innings. Dan Green struck out two batters and gave up a pair of hits over the final two innings.
UMass Dartmouth will return to action tomorrow morning at 10:30 a.m., when the Corsairs face Ramapo (N.J.) in Auburndale, Fla.